5 Expert Tips For Virtual Therapy
With the convenience and accessibility of virtual therapists, more people are seeking mental health support from the comfort of their homes. However, it can come with its own set of challenges. To help ensure you get the most out of your virtual therapy experience, Empower Professional Counseling Services has compiled five expert tips to help you prepare and make the most of your session.
1. Ensure You Are Well-Connected To The Internet
To ensure a smooth and uninterrupted online session, it is important to determine the location with the strongest internet connection. If you are experiencing issues with your WiFi, switching to your mobile data may be a viable option. In the event that both options fail, consider using your phone as a hotspot to connect to the internet.
2. Arrange A Comfortable And Private Space
In certain situations, you may need to use your creativity to find a suitable location for a private conversation with your virtual therapist, particularly if you share your living or workspace with someone else or have young children around. An alternative is to sit on their balcony or patio or go for a walk during our sessions. It is vital to select a space where you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts and emotions freely, without the risk of being overheard or observed.
3. Take Time To Wind Down Before Your Session
It is advisable to take a few moments to center yourself before starting each virtual therapy session. Just like in-person therapy sessions, clients often use the waiting room to collect their thoughts, sip on some tea, and prepare for their session. Therefore, for virtual sessions, it is recommended that you allocate a few minutes before the appointment to prepare yourself.
To make sure you are fully prepared, we suggest setting a reminder for 5-10 minutes before your scheduled session. This will give you enough time to create a comfortable environment, grab a drink, and take a few deep breaths to relax. This period is also an excellent opportunity to review any notes you may have taken since your last session.
4. Be Open, Authentic, And Yourself
One of the significant advantages of virtual therapy is that clients can feel at ease in their own environment. You can wear your favorite comfy clothes, snuggle up with your preferred blanket, remain in your gym clothes, and even have your furry companions close by during the session. This level of comfort encourages openness and authenticity, enabling you to discuss the topics that matter most to you.
5. Provide The Therapist With Feedback
It is crucial to inform your therapist if you encounter any issues during your virtual therapy session, such as poor connectivity, sound or visual difficulties, or if your furry friend’s barking is causing a distraction. We aim to provide you with the best possible therapy experience, and your honesty and open communication are essential.
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